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Dr Meghánn Catherine Ward

Former Research Student

Meghánn Catherine Ward

Current Research

My ESRC-funded CASE Studentship considers the health and wellbeing benefits of engaging in participatory arts activities for people with dementia and their carers. The project is based at Theatre by the Lake's 'Setting the Scene' programme in Keswick, Cumbria, which is a multi-arts creative activity group, including storytelling, movement and dance, arts and crafts, singing and music, multi-sensory experiences and group games. Fieldwork was conducted between July 2018 - July 2019 and used a participatory action research (PAR) methodology.

Supervised By

Professor Christine Milligan (Co-Director of Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research)

Professor Emma Rose (Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts)

Research Interests

With a multi-disciplinary background in Psychology, Anthropology and Human Geography, my overall research interests and past projects include the following:

  • Health, Wellbeing and Quality of life
  • Ageing and Memory
  • Affect and Emotion
  • Music and Arts
  • Space and Place
  • Therapeutic Landscapes
  • Soundscapes and Multi-sensorial scapes
  • Human and Animal relations in wellbeing context
  • Materiality, Agency and More-than-human relations
  • Identity, Belonging and 'Dys'placement
  • Socioemotional selectivity theory


Ph.D Health Research - Lancaster University 2017 - 2021

MRes. Health and Wellbeing - Lancaster University 2016 - 2017 - Merit

M.A. Anthropology - Queen's University Belfast 2015 - 2016 - Distinction

BSc. (Hons) Psychology - Queen's University Belfast 2012 - 2015 - 1st Class

Other Interests and Hobbies

I am a singer-songwriter and pianist but also experiment with woodwind and percussion instruments. I have been a member in a number of different bands and worked as a wedding musician for over a year in Northern Ireland. I currently take part in occasional open mics and special events at Lancaster University.

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